Spring Grove celebrates Syttende Mai

Spring Grove fourth graders played a celebratory tune.

Spring Grove’s Barnetoget (Norwegian for “children’s parade”) was held Friday afternoon, May 17. Leading the parade was a Viking ship full of Spring Grove kindergarteners, followed by first-through-sixth-graders singing and waving Norwegian flags. Once they arrived at the park, children weaved a Maypole, and played various games before enjoying treats such as Varme Pølse and Spring Grove soda served at the Syttende Mai Hus.

Festivities continue through the weekend. Saturday begins again with city-wide garage sales, Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail hiking all day. From 7:30-10:30 a.m., Dad’s Waffle Breakfast will be offered at the Fest Building, and “Running with my Gnomies” will begin at 9 a.m. From 9-11 a.m. the Valheim Lodge of Sons of Norway will host a Norwegian bake sale at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, and at 10 a.m., a children’s pedal pull will be held at the Fest Building, with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Piece Makers Quilt Guild will host a quilt show from 12- 5 p.m. at the Trinity Center, and various children’s activities will be offered in the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., an Olaf Kjome exhibit will be on display at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, and the Legion brat stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Nordic Dancers will perform at 10:30 a.m. in Viking Memorial Park, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the athletic boosters will sell pork burgers in front of the Lion’s Pub. The Grand Parade will begin at noon, and from 1-2 p.m., the First Brigade Band will perform at the City Park gazebo. From 1-4 p.m., the Kaptain Kirby Train will be available for children in the Trinity Church yard, and the soap box races will begin at 1 p.m. as will the Corn Hole. From 1:30-4 p.m., “chair volleyball” will be offered, and Mike McAbee will perform at the gazebo from 2-4 p.m. The Taste of Norway Dinner will be offered at 4 p.m. at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, with seating times at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The First Brigade Band will perform again at 5 p.m. in the back garden of the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center.

Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail hiking will again take place all day Sunday, and the First Brigade Band will perform at 9 a.m. Sunday at Trinity Church. The Piece Makers Quilt Guild will host a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trinity Center, and a drive-thru meatball dinner will be offered at Trinity Lutheran Church from 10:30 a.m. until gone.

Watch for more photos in the May 21 Driftless Journal.

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